David Hall decided to strike while the iron was hot with Egyptian Ra and the tough frontrunner repaid him by rounding out a stable double on the high profile card. While Hall was unrepresented at the Group One end of town yesterday, the excellent season he is having was showcased to some extent with bookends, winning lesser races to start and finish the Sha Tin programme. 'Of course, you'd rather win the big ones but on these important days it's always nice to have a couple of winners. Somehow even the smaller races seem more important on these days,' Hall smiled after continuing the extended rabbit-out-of-a-hat trick he has played with Egyptian Ra (Eric Saint-Martin). A head case who had outlasted both John Size and Danny Shum Chap-shing in his early career, Egyptian Ra has become a model of consistency under Hall, missing a place only once in his last nine starts and even lifting a cog recently after taking on the frontrunning role. 'His run was great behind Pocket Money over 1,400 metres last week so I thought that we'd go again while he's in this kind of form,' Hall said. 'And the time to try the 1,600 metres was definitely today - he's rock hard fit, racing well and he is very tough.' Backers probably weren't on great terms with themselves mid-race as Egyptian Ra and Saint-Martin were clearly having a wrestling match in the lead, but Hall wasn't concerned. 'It might not have looked like they were getting along but I was sure he'd find something when Eric went for him because they were able to get away with easier sectionals today than last week,' Hall said. Lightly-raced Laser Tiger was part of a double for Brett Prebble when he opened the card a winner for Hall and there was certainly enough in his form to say he could score if punters were prepared to overlook his last-start disappointment. 'I wasn't happy with his run up the straight last start behind Viva Fighter,' Hall said. 'I thought he'd win it and he's just gone fairly average. I couldn't put my finger on what wasn't right but his coat didn't seem perfect and I decided to back off him a bit. 'Maybe that was it, the time did him good. When he came out and galloped on the riverside the other day, I thought he looked back to his normal self.'